UW football notes: The team to beat

Notes from Wisconsin's 20-17 win over Purdue Saturday night

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—After a 7-0 start to the season, the Badgers are proving naysayers wrong by winning the past two weeks on the road in extremely tough conditions.

"One more week. We'll see if we can patch up and go get another one. But I really like this football team. I like the way they go about their business. They've been able to focus week to week," head coach Barry Alvarez said.

Considering they are the lone, undefeated team remaining in the Big Ten (overall), the Badgers will now wear the bull's-eye on their back for the remainder of the games this season.

"Of course we're the team to beat, because we're the only undefeated, but everyone is going to bring their A-game so we have to bring our A-game every week too," wide receiver Brandon Williams said. "I think it's time to start believing in us because every week, we're going 1-0. We're not going to be denied."

Wisconsin's win Saturday put its destiny squarely in its own hands for the Big Ten title. The Badgers (7-0 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) do not play the only other team that is undefeated in conference play, Michigan, and Wisconsin would win any tiebreaker due to the Wolverines (6-1, 4-0) non-conference loss to Notre Dame.

Williams gets in on the action

Junior wide receiver Brandon Williams was able to make a major impact on the game Saturday with his ability to run crossing patterns over the middle of the field and provide Stocco with a wide open target.

For the contest, Williams collected seven receptions for 84 yards (both season highs), but most important was his ability to move the chains for the Badgers during the final few minutes of the game.

"We ran a lot of seem routes up the middle of the field, putting pressure on "D" to get back and we kept hitting it [underneath] and it was working," Williams said.

Good precedent

The Badgers last began a season 7-0 in 1998. That team ended up winning its first nine games before falling to Michigan. UW finished 11-1 that season, winning the '99 Rose Bowl.

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